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Something of Value (1957)

Approved | | Drama, War | June 1957 (USA)
Even though Peter and Kimani grow up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After the father of Kimani is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani ... See full summary »

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Peter's Betrothed - Holly
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Henry's Daughter - Elizabeth
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Njogu - Oath Giver
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Leader - Intellectual in Suit
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Elizabeth's Husband - Jeff Newton
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A White Settler - Henry McKenzie
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A Farmer - Joe Matson
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Lathela - Loyal Gun-Bearer
Ken Renard ...
Karanja - Father of Kimani
Samadu Jackson ...
Witch Doctor
Frederick O'Neal ...
Adam Marenga - Mau-Mau Leader
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Kimani Wa Karanja
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Even though Peter and Kimani grow up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After the father of Kimani is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani joins a band of rebels that wants all non-Kenyans out of their country. While Kimani believes in the cause, he does not agree with the indiscriminate killing of women, children and those who will not join or agree with them. Peter, even after the deaths of his little sister and brother by the Mau Mau, still believes that there is a chance for peaceful co-existence. He believes that he can stop most of the killing if he can only reason with Kimani. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Filmed Under Military Protection by M-G-M in Africa's Mau-Mau Country! See more »

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Africa Ablaze  »

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Trivia

Some shots were filmed in the Nairobi National Park. The film crew were met at the game park entrance and were told they could not bring in their own trees, hay and lucerne. The park warden said that thorn trees were a permanent feature and that the crew could get close enough to the animals to film them without having to feed them first. See more »

Quotes

Crown Consul: Swear him in.
Karanja - Father of Kimani: Which god, please?
Crown Consul: The Christian God.
Karanja - Father of Kimani: I worship Ngai, the god who lives on Mount Kenya. I will swear by our sacred Githathi stone.
Crown Consul: Your word will suffice.
Karanja - Father of Kimani: Oh, no, no. If I lie before this symbol of God... my children and their children and my home and my land will turn to dust. And when I die... I will have no life hereafter except to live forever in eternity... by the cursed hyena, cowardly eater of the dead. i speak the truth.
Crown Consul: You're the father of the dead baby in question?
Karanja - Father of Kimani: Yes.
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Karanja - Father of Kimani:
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The starting credits start with the words: "When we take away from a man his traditional way of life, his customs, his religion, we had better make certain to replace them with Something of Value!" See more »

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For me, this was a nostalgic journey.
8 March 2004 | by (Chula Vista, CA) – See all my reviews

I read Robert Ruark's book twice, Once before I went to Kenya in 1968 and once after my return. I had never seen the movie until recently. While in Africa, I was told by the Black Kenyans and the British Kenyans that the story was exaggerated, but this often happens to keep the interest alive. Having visited there, I thoroughly enjoyed the scenery and remembering many places where I had been and the animals running across the plains with Mount Kenya in the background. It was a treat to see young Rock Hudson, beautiful Dana Wynter and the talents of Sidney Poitier and Wendy Hiller. The action and the supporting actors are fine and I think I will watch it again before I return the tape to the video store.


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